The next step is to see if your current career matches your list and if it doesn’t, locate careers that do! Look out for overlaps in your Skills, Values, and Interests list. Are there any job titles that fit these overlaps? Pass copies of your list to friends and family and ask for their opinion on jobs from different areas where your skills are valuable. Find out what skills are required for specific careers. A professional Career Consultant can provide support like:

1. Helping to evaluate and prioritize your skills, values, and interests.

2. Matching your Skills, Values and Interests with job titles.

3. Helping you to focus on potential careers.

4. Finding job openings in your fields of interest.

5. Grooming you for interviews.

6. Helping you polish documents like cover letters, resumes, and applications.

Career counseling can be instrumental in this early stage of your job search. A counselor would evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, recognize overlaps in your SVI list, and suggest potential career areas. Counselors will also help you identify your goals and look out for potential offers that satisfy your needs.


About Shawn Athanasios

A little bit about me. I received my BA from California State University, Northridge in Speech Communication and my MA in Culture and Communication from New York University (NYU). My Master’s degree was within the field of Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management. and my thesis topic was Meta-Cognition and Human Defensiveness. I had previously taught as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, LIM College, Pace University & Manhattan College where I taught Interviewing Strategies, Intro to Human Communication and Culture, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Principals and Theories of Communication and Public Speaking. I currently teach at Georgia State University as a Full-Time instructor. I decided to create my own Coaching Business under the umbrella of Personal and Career Development for those looking to enhance their current profession, change careers, discover their deepest passions, communicate and manage conflict more effectively, achieve high levels of motivation, and find balance with their total self by offering a holistic approach to career and personal development. Finally, I wrote an eBook that discusses the difference between having a job versus discovering their life mission. The title is "The Soul Search Before The Job Search." I have had many fulfilling experiences that include being raised in Laos, Ghana, India & Egypt by parents of the U.S. Foreign Service and Diplomatic community, and teaching ESL in South Korea. My volunteer work is reflected through participating in Buddhist Activities as a member of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist lay organization in the world. I am proud to have received a full scholarship for my Masters Degree at NYU, to have been the sole recipient of the Rosenberg scholarship and for graduating Magna Cum Laude upon completion of my graduate degree. I also presented two papers at the New York Speech Communication Association (NYSCA) conference while attending Graduate School.
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